Temple Isaiah of Great Neck will be hosting a lecture titled “Jewish Topics in European Art – Rembrandt Van Rijn – The Jews of Amsterdam” on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 P.M. Presented by Dennis Raverty, award-winning teacher, author and art historian, this lecture is part of Temple Isaiah’s continuing series of programs on Jewish art and artists.
Rembrandt lived in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood therefore many Jewish clients were among his portrait commissions and he often used Jewish models in his Biblical paintings.
It has long been understood that Rembrandt had a deep sympathy for the Jewish faith. This is revealed in the sense of mysticism that separates his work from the mere naturalism of most of his contemporaries.
For decades Dr. Raverty has delighted audiences with lively presentations at libraries, churches, synagogues, hostels and business lunches on a variety of topics in the history of art, from the Italian Renaissance to the Harlem Renaissance.
Raverty is an associate professor at New Jersey City University where he teaches 19th and 20th-century art history, the art of West Africa, the diaspora and African American art, as well as the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe.
Raverty is currently co-authoring a book on American illustration with Dennis Dittrich, former president of the Society of Illustrators.
Temple Isaiah is located at One Chelsea Place, off Cutter Mill Road in Great Neck. Please contact the Temple at [email protected] or (516) 487-5373 for further information on this fascinating presentation. Suggested donation is $15. Light refreshments will be served.